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The Crazy Ray


Topics Clair, silents


The Crazy Ray (Paris Qui Dort) a 1927 silent comedy by Rene Clair is the story of a mad scientist who devises a ray which puts all people to sleep. It has a few humorous moments but is if interest mainly to film historians and students.


Run time 51 minutes 39 seconds
Producer Rene Clair
Audio/Visual sound

Reviews

Reviewer: mrscobie - - September 21, 2011
Subject: reply
I would like to reply to the reviewer who took badly my comment that the film was good for "historians and students."
I wouldn't have sought out the film, restored it, added music and posted it if I did not like it.
But I still believe that if you sat 100 average people down to see it, 95 of them would leave before it finished.
Reviewer: barticle - - September 20, 2011
Subject: Really good.
I agree with the previous reviewer. This is a really good film, entertaining and an allegory of the human condition (most people are asleep). Well directed with a profound understanding of the art of film. I would give it 5 stars, except for the fact the film is somewhat deteriorated, blurry and a strain on the eyes. However there don't seem to be any missing frames or bad splices.
Reviewer: Tara_Rao - - September 20, 2011
Subject: A brilliant, beautiful film
To describe this film as having "a few humorous moments but is if interest mainly to film historians and students" is a real shame. The official description should be re-written by someone who knows what they're doing.

This is a fun, surreal, cinematically inventive film. It's about "time," alterations and manipulations of time, breaking free from the constraints of time. It's about questioning reality and "modern" society. It is a clever and experimental little film.

Also, almost 90 years after it was made, it is poignant and beautiful to see (a representation of) how people lived in 1920s Paris.
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